John Walson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

This one is going to be short.

John Walson was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania back in 1915. I do not have any information about him until 1948. He was the owner of Mahanoy City General Electric appliance store.

He had an issue receiving signals from Philadelphia television stations. So, what did he do well he erected an antenna on a utility pole from a local mountaintop. He ran an electrical wire from the antenna to his store for reception, it worked.

What you may not know about John is that he is the inventor of cable TV. However, he wasn’t finished as he also was the first cable operator to use microwave to import distant television stations. The first to use coaxial cable to improve picture quality and the first to distribute pay television programming. His descendants now own Service Electric serving Pennsylvania and Northwestern New Jersey.

Out of necessity comes inventions that effect everyone, don’t you think? Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I have an appreciation for cable tv.... especially when my favorite sporting events are televised....

Oct 16, 2018 03:48 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Somehow we knew...Cable and Barbara Todaro would be together for another happily ever after !

Oct 16, 2018 03:50 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a great story - good to know how these things get started! Thanks for sharing

Oct 16, 2018 05:11 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 The beginnings of cable TV are very unique indeed and fascinating what it has built up into, James ...

Oct 16, 2018 05:17 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Now I must admit I did not have any idea who invented this. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 16, 2018 05:54 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I had no idea... and to be honest I'd never once given any thought as to who invented cable tv! Just somehow took it for granted.

Oct 16, 2018 06:11 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - yes, when you have to find a way you become creative and other opportunities arise.

Oct 16, 2018 06:22 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a terrific read and a wonderful story.

Oct 16, 2018 06:46 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John knew that necessity is the mother of invention. And he continually searched for improvements. Enjoy your day!

Oct 16, 2018 07:42 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So, I have him to thank that I am able to watch all of my sports on tv from the comfort of my home!

Oct 16, 2018 09:49 AM #10
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

And so many are trying to cut the cord.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 16, 2018 12:00 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes James,

Necessity is the mother of invention so the wise people say...Nice post.  A

Oct 16, 2018 01:22 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Important stuff and I wish John was still around to help us with price gouging.

Oct 16, 2018 02:38 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- all of us owe this gentleman a great deal!

Oct 16, 2018 05:21 PM #14
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